Friday, April 10, 2015


McDog   10x8 oil   Available at Act I Gallery, Taos, NM

My solo show at Act I Gallery in Taos, NM is called "Welcome Light", but it's not just sunset paintings! 
I hope you can make it by the gallery in April to see my newest works. BETTER YET, come by TOMORROW, Sat. April 11 for the reception. 
I'll be there all day but the official hours are 3-5.  Be "unofficial" and come visit with me early!
If you know ANYONE in the northern New Mexico area, please tell them to come!
And if you are a skier, the Sipapu ski area nearby is offering FREE LIFT TICKETS ALL WEEKEND to close their season. I'm in!!!!

Monday, April 06, 2015


The opening reception of my "feature solo" at Act I Gallery is THIS SATURDAY, 
April 11. I'm not sure of the hours, but I'll be hanging in the gallery ALL DAY!
Please come hang out with me and see my latest works

WORKSHOP with V....Vaughan and Robin Cheers...and CHOCOLATE

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Cowgirl Up! QUICK DRAW

Cowgirl Up! Quick Draw    13 x 16        SOLD

    Last weekend I was in Arizona at the opening of "Cowgirl Up!" (Art From The Other Half of the West!)...a GREAT event in Wickenburg, AZ. My works will be there at Desert Caballeros Museum until May. This one is my Quick Draw...painted in an hour and sold at auction....(Free adrenaline with purchase!)...NOW...
    Guess where I'm going next???
    Hint: Will you be near Taos, New Mexico on April 11?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

He Said, She Said

"He Said, She Said"        oil on linen         for SEWE

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is next Friday-Sunday, Feb. 13-15, in Charleston, SC. It is one of my biggest and favorite shows of the year. I have many friends at this show, and there is AMAZING ARTWORK there!
I have planned this painting for a while...Put it up on facebook last night, and let my BFF's give it a title...There were some FUN suggestions, but Peggy Yandell, an artist friend of mine from Texas came up with this one!@ I love it! Go see Peggy's work! She was a long time teacher, like me, and now is a full time artist! 
Have you friended me on facebook?
Plein Air Sketching,Sky, and Shrimpboats: Capturing Impressions Quickly
Rockport, Texas, February 28, 2015
$70 for members and Art Educators; $90 for non-members
For info click here

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

After the Soiree

After the Soiree        8x16 oil on linen          FOR SEWE

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is next week! Feb 13-15 in Charleston, SC. 
It has long been one of my very favorite events all year! So for the next few days I will post a few new works painted especially for this show.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To Sea

To Sea                       16x12 oil for SEWE

Do you follow me on Instagram? @vvaughan8
If you do, then you saw this already....I wish Instagram did not make EVERYTHING square!
I posted the "start" of mr. seagull the other day...went home and finished the background but hated it, so I "knifed it off" and slashed in...THIS....
I kinda like!

A story today: I got a call from "Rex". A fine older gentleman who I befriended at my mom's nursing home. It has been MANY MONTHS since I went back. I have WANTED to go see old friends there, but was fearing the sadness, so kept avoiding it. Then REX called. He wanted me to come see some new artwork in his room....It was a GREAT excuse to FINALLY go back. So I bought a big bag of birdseed and drove over!
We had a very nice visit, and Rex had collected a coffee can full of Padre Island beach sand that he had saved for me all this time! He wanted me to put it at the bird feeders for the birds! That made this a PERFECT DAY to post this new Birdseed Project Painting!!! 
Also, Rex wants to sell some of his prized western art collection. Has anyone heard of Don Bowlin and David A. Carver?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Starting to Whoop

Starting to Whoop___one in the works for SEWE

I am in "wildlife mode" for the next month, as I prepare new works for the 
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). Charleston, SC hosts this great event each year. Come see me there on Valentine's Weekend next month! 
Whooping cranes are a thrill to see in the wild out there. But, I have gotten some of my best reference here in Texas. Namely, ROCKPORT, where I am headed for a weekend workshop NEXT Saturday, Jan. 17
Sorry for the late notice, but JOIN ME for a plein air day on the Texas Coast!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Friend Me, Makenzie-My Favorite Social Media

Friend Me, Makenzie        12 x 12 oil             SOLD

I have at LEAST 1500 friends.
At least that's what my social Media Accounts tell me!
One of my friends told me she heard a buzz out there that "blogging is dead". I think Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter started those rumors!
I have done BOTH blogging AND social media's what I think... I LOVE the "friendships" I have built with Blogging, and my Google Group....Though sometimes I feel like I am "rambling"... I sense that Instagram and Twitter are like that big high school gathering where everyone has a clever comment, but no one listens, and CERTAINLY 
nobody "goes deep".... Have you ever traded quips with someone (usually an argument) and they walk into the room, snap a comment, and then run away before you can reply?....Twitter feels LIKE THAT! I DO like being able to post a picture on Instagram (though EVERY pic is cropped to a "square"...NOT good for some artwork...I like saying just a few words, posting the pic, and clicking a button that will send it SIMULTANEOUSLY to facebook AND Twitter (though, with no pic on Twitter, there is a link to the pic, if someone will click it, but I doubt they do :) So there! I will be doing it ALL while I make up my mind! :) WHAT SAY Y'ALL???

Monday, January 05, 2015


Willie Study in watercolor and colored pencil...I posted this on facebook  
 a few days ago. A scribbled study for my student "A....", who took a good photo of Willie at a concert. I was showing her how to see color in her "tonal" photo......and have you heard
Willie's new song "What'll I Do"?.... CLASSIC WILLIE!!
Below, I mention a DIFFERENT painting of him...

One good thing I learned in my art was to just START something!..I might only have 30 minutes till the kids needed me. So I would START.... and when I had to leave, that little "start" would call to me..."HEY! Here I am...come baaaaaack"....Whereas, when I stayed up all night to finish something, then there would be such a feeling of "DONE", that it was hard to start something new, later! I once stayed up for 72 hours STRAIGHT, to finish a job for Willie Nelson...(a promo poster for one of his albums)
 My best efforts have been projects that had lots of little pieces. An idea written on a napkin. A doodle in a doctor's office scribbled on a magazine subscription card...these were taken home and tossed into an "idea box"...the 1980's version of Evernote was a shoe box :)  Eventually, the little ideas would repeat themselves and I would take the little notes out of the box to put together! SO! My advice is to "doodle" at it...START will be calling to you!!! ..."come baaaaack"!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

St. Francis

St. Francis Study             8x10 oil study                 SOLD

I sat in the car with a friend and we chatted and sketched this pretty little church in Waco, Texas...Something about the PINK cast on the walls appeals to me, so I might do another version!...When you paint outside, you need to trust what you see, COLOR-WISE...did I really see pink???

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Cody     11 x 14 oil on linen   A Christmas Commission - SOLD

I wrote this note to a friend today....I don't share this sort of thing too often on my blog posts, but mainly just "art". There's more of that ahead, but for now, HAPPY 2015!

It can be lonely after the holiday "attention". Attention we GIVE to "planning" and "details"...attention that we GET from friends, family... Heck, even the retailers give us "attention", calling our name to make us feel special this time of year!!! 
That's some kind of attention!! 
I'm alone today and I think God brought to mind my "alone" friends. There's something very sweet about His presence in quiet stillness. He never leaves us...unchanging. Jesus has a sweet way of entering those moments...on purpose... And covering us with reminders of His faithful, steadfast presence. God often uses my lonely heart to fill up with Himself. What can be better than that? Thank you for your prayers for my family in 2014. May I order more of the same for 2015?
I look forward to getting to know YOU better in 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014


"Kooper"__10x8__a Christmas commission___SOLD

comment to:

I'M SSSOOOO SORRY that my replies are going to EVERYONE!!!
I LOVE to hear from everyone, but I certainly HATE to annoy y'all by having all my chatter appear in your inbox. If you are my facebook friend, you saw Kooper last week.
Friend me ! I'm called "Virginia Pedro Vaughan" on Facebook 

This little oil was for my friends Tiffany and Kim.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Are you planning to paint this year? How about sketching?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Little Light

A Little Light___a little Texas December Sunrise, 4x6 on canvas___$150

I left off with this blog sometime in May!
If you are connected with me on Facebook (Virginia Pedro Vaughan) or Instagram (@vvaughan8) or

 Twitter (@vvaughan8), then you have seen this...and some other art posts.
I can't wait to show and tell some recent art and news! For now, I just want to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Y'ALL!!
Are you surprised to see a post from me?
I would love to hear a "hi" back from EVERYONE!!!! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Hard Way

The Hard Way_____24x24 oil___ Phippen Museum Western Art Show
The Hard Way needs to be seen up close! Zoom in and you can see some texture there! I'll have this painting at the Phippen Museum Western Art Show in Prescott, AZ over Memorial Day Weekend. PLEASE com e see me! Below is a funny story while I painted it.
YESTERDAY and below
I posted info about a special workshop coming up in June. CLICK HERE to see that.
I had just finished the detail on the horse's eye, and went to get a drink, but when I came back to the easel, there were smudgies all over the area I had worked! Sometimes my little finger steadies my hand while I paint, and I "step" into the painted area with it, but these smudges were too high....I was mad! Someone came in and slapped around my wet paint!!
see culprit below

 ...dang moth